Expelling patients is not the solution

The Bangkok Medical Centre (BMC) in Thailand receives more than 10,000 Emirati patients a year. The fees are usually settled by individual patients or are covered by relevant authorities in UAE or UAE Embassy, said a newspaper.

Sadly, though, the long-standing relationship between Emiratis and the BMC reached breaking point last week when the hospital expelled 10 patients in a dispute over unpaid bills. At the centre of the row is a claim by the UAE Embassy that BMC is overcharging patients for services compared to other similar medical centres in Bangkok, it added.

“The dispute has been simmering for several months. The action by BMC, however, is high-handed and unnecessary. The welfare of cancer and elderly patients is paramount”, said Gulf News in its today’s editorial.

BMC needs to find alternative methods to resolve its dispute with UAE authorities, sooner, not later, the paper suggested.


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